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2024 Black History Month Events

The Oregon Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) cordially invites you to join us for a month-long recognition of Black excellence in conjunction with the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association, Portland Rising, Oregon AFSCME, and AFRAM/SEIU Local 503. The primary focus is health care.

February 1, 2024 at 6:00pm: Welcome address and podcast of AFSCME President Emeritus William Bill Lucy and the CBTU Under 40 Committee Click here for Zoom link

February 8, 2024 at 6:30pm: Black Relevance in Politics Forum

Moderated by Vincent Blanco Jr.

Panel: Representative Janelle Bynum, Washington State Labor Council President April Sims

February 15, 2024 at 6:30pm: Health Care Forum Click here for Zoom link

Moderated by Vincent Blanco Jr.

Panel: Senator James Manning, Representative Travis Nelson

February 22, 2024 at 6:30pm: Labor History Workshop

Oregon AFL-CIO: 3645 SE 32nd Ave., Portland, Oregon

Co-sponsored with Pacific Northwest Labor History Association


Presenters: Marcus Widenor, Associate Professor Emeritus,

Labor Education and Research Center (LERC), UO

Rajeev Ravisankar, former President, GTFF-AFT Local 3544

February 29, 2024 at 7:00pm: Movie Night

SEIU 503 Office: 525 NE Oregon St., Portland, Oregon

Co-sponsored with Portland Rising and AFRAM/SEIU Local 503

Two Short Films

  • I Am Somebody

  • The Politics of Race and Medicare for All

Health Care Forum

Moderated by Vincent Blanco Jr.

Panel: State Representative Travis Nelson, Oregon AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Sarina Roher, RN

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